CHICAGO (CBS)– There is a new call to formally cancel Christopher Columbus Day.
On Monday, Illinois state lawmakers and the American Indian Center will announce new legislation to swap out the official Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Heavy Lake Effect Snow To Continue Through Early Afternoon, With 4-7 Inches Already Fallen
Meanwhile some Italian Americans in Chicago are against this. A rally was held Sunday to demand Chicago and Illinois stop erasing Columbus from history.
Crowd out in Arrigo Park for a Columbus Day rally. These Italian Americans say their culture and heritage is being disrespected and challenged, citing the city’s decision to remove Columbus statues from Arrigo Park and Grant Park this summer. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/6pBrvR3AFC
— Mugo Odigwe (@MugoOdigwe) October 12, 2020
Another is underway in in Arrigo Park, a place that has significance for Italian Americans in Chicago. It’s where a Columbus statue once stood.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Flight Cancellations At Chicago Airports Amid Heavy Lake Effect Snow
Italian Americans say they want it back.
The statue was removed in July after protests led to violent clashes with police. The city said the move was temporary, but gave no timeframe when or if the statue would return.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather Alert: Snow Totals From Lake Effect Snowstorm